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washington. joe manchin said, quote, i'm disappointed the president did not recommend the creation of a national commission on mass violence that i have proposed. a national commission can build the consensus we need for real action, backed not only by gun control advocates, mental health experts and entertainment industry executives but also by law-abiding gun owners. >>> the white house is worried that if this fight becomes too much about the assault weapons ban, and not enough about measures, which are more politically possible, they'll have a problem. they want to keep people focused on fights they can win. background checks, things like that. republicans have unsurprisingly responded negatively, including florida senator marco rubio. >> by the own admission of the white house, what they have proposed to do would do nothing to have prevented what happened in connecticut or colorado before that or any of these other places where this has occurred. i actually think the president and doesn't have the guts to admit it, is not a believer in the second amendment. >> the white house i
, people like joe manchin. >> from the rural states. >> exactly. joe donnelly. heidi heitkamp from north dakota. those are people that need convincing they can make the leap on gun control measures if they're willing. >> it's a tricky issue for the white house. on one hand you have some on the left who sit there and say the white house has been lacking any sort of spine when it comes to gun issue. there's the political reality staring them in the face. heidi heitkamp. >> i would add two other challenges for the white house. one is the timeline. already people aren't paying attention to this as much as they were in december. the media coverage is dwindling, of course. the second is, you have a lot of well meaning groups on the democratic side who are running in many different directions. and the nra is a formidable opponent. >> it's interesting. that's a very important key here. you know, michael bloomberg sort of doing this. you have a group with ties to move on to doing that. white house during their thing. the nra sticking to plan. >> absolutely. of all the groups the only one that's r
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